How Google Made A Flying Car
So Google did it again. Or at least they’re kind of paying for It.
Co-founder of Google, Larry Page has been working with another startup. You might have heard about it – They make flying cars. You remember that show The Jetsons, right? It’s pretty much the same thing but in 2018.
Kitty Hawk, funded by Page, unveiled the Flyer, a model it described as “an exciting first step to sharing the freedom of flight.” Created in Google’s hometown of Mountain View, California, Kitty Hawk has been testing a prototype in New Zealand.
Although an earlier version of the Flyer debuted last year, the company has been inviting influencers and press from around the world to come join them at their newly opened training facility, located at Lake Las Vegas. Training sessions take as little as one hour and then drivers are able to initiate their first flight over water, with the top speed limited to 20 mph and altitudes no higher than 3 meters. YouTube sensation, Casey Neistat produced a video of his experience while training for and test flying the machine, which can be seen below.
At this time, the uncovered cockpit is only big enough for one person. The Flyer uses ten rotating blades that are said to be as loud as a lawnmower to propel the machine, while directions are controlled with two joysticks.
It’s crazy to think that flying cars are here in the now. Kitty Hawk CEO Sebastian Thrun, who helped create Google's self-driving-car project said that securing public acceptance for the Flyer is its biggest priority and that he’s hoping to learn a lot from the test flights.
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